When I first learned that we had received a review code for Edna and Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes on the Nintendo Switch, I looked up the trailer for the game, which originally released in 2011. The trailer immediately had me asking, “What the hell did I just watch?” Serial killers? An apparent innocent child at the center of it all? Pink goo covering walls and floors, with chicken nugget-shaped creatures sweeping it up? Obviously, I had to find out what this game was all about. However, after playing through the Switch version of Harvey's New Eyes, I’m still trying to figure that out. Harvey's New Eyes is a good enough game for fans of point-and-click adventures, but remains better suited for playing on the PC, rather than the Switch.
Harvey's New Eyes tells the tale of the player-controlled character, Lilli; a small, shy girl who is incredibly obedient (often to a fault) and living in a convent school under the heavy-handed guidance of Mother Superior. Strange occurrences begin happening around the convent grounds, leading Lilli down some pretty dark and surprisingly twisted turns.
Point, Point, Click
As with most successful games within the genre of point-and-click adventures, Harvey's New Eyes is dependent on its narrative and its puzzles.
As mentioned, the story is surprisingly twisted. It’s not really a spoiler to say that Lilli is basically the best-intentioned serial killer to have ever existed. Her actions result in numerous deaths of those around her, while she remains oblivious to it all. Creepy, smiling gnomes that only she can see provide players enough insight into just how disturbed this little girl is. Harvey's New Eyes is actually a sequel to Edna and Harvey: The Breakout, but you don’t necessarily need to have played that game to play Harvey's New Eyes.
The game’s puzzles are exactly what you would expect in a point-and-click adventure - listening to the dialogue for clues as to what you need to find, adding items to your inventory, and combining items to make new, more useful items to progress through the story.
Switching It Up
Although no glitches were encountered during my gameplay, Harvey's New Eyes left a little to be desired as a whole. The story, while intriguing in terms of its overarching darkness, was a little convoluted with cliched characters and dialogue. And the music… if I never hear a harmonica again, it will be too soon. Even the tiniest bit of variety would have helped with the repetitiveness of the musical tracks.
As far as the port to the Switch goes, the joystick makes walking around very smooth and easy. It also makes it easier to find the things in each scene that Lilli can interact with, looping through each clickable object, rather than relying on players finding them themselves by hovering with their cursor. It makes sense for this kind of process to be put in place on the portable device, but it also kind of takes away the charm of being a traditional point-and-click game.
If you’re a fan of point-and-click adventures and also happen to own a Switch, you’ll probably enjoy Edna and Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes. The game does lend itself better to PC, especially considering the story element; Harvey's New Eyes is certainly not a quick-play title for when you only have a few minutes to kill. If you decide to pick it up, maybe just consider reducing the music volume, lest the loops drive you as crazy as little Lilli.
2.5 Out Of 5 Stars
A review copy of Edna and Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes was provided to TheGamer for this review. Edna and Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes is available now for Nintendo Switch and PC.